City College coalition takes off
Nancy Reiko Kato
volume:  
volume 34
issue 2
April 2013
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Standing room only at the February 6 launch of the Save City College coalition on the Mission campus. Photo credit: Bob Price/FS

Campus and community organizers have joined forces to stop the fraudulent accreditation process threatening to shut down City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The meeting to launch the Save City College coalition attracted hundreds who packed the Mission campus in the heart of the Latino community. Over 200 concerned students and community members attended the recent meeting at the Chinatown/North Beach campus.

The faculty union, AFT 2121, organized a human billboard to broadcast its support for the school and put pressure on the Board of Trustees to take action. Getting out the word to staff workers on each of the campuses is an ongoing effort by the coalition.

Students organized a rally and overnight sit-in at the Administration building, demanding that the interim chancellor ask the Board of Trustees to • reverse reductions to classes, services, staff and faculty • organize town hall forums for students • ask City Hall to loan voter funds to CCSF, and • speak out against the accreditation agency’s misuse of the review process. Instead of taking the students’ concerns seriously, the chancellor refused to discuss or meet any of their demands.

At press date Save City College was mobilizing a rally at City Hall on March 14, to call on the mayor and supervisors to defend CCSF, and take a bold stand against privatizing public education. Students will walk out of classes and join other supporters determined to save CCSF as an affordable and quality college for all.

For more information, visit Save CCSF and Fight Back to Save CCSF.

Nancy Reiko Kato is a UC Hastings staff supporter.

Also see: The corporate takeover of education.